Dramatic demographic changes are occurring in our society as our students and workforce becomes more diverse. The literature cites the benefits of having a diverse workforce for innovation, problem-solving, and competitive advantage. Institutions of higher education chastise business for not being inclusive in their senior management positions. However, a study of Masters I institutions revealed that their presidents are predominantly Caucasian (87%), married (79%), male (77%), first time presidents (71%), between 50-59 years of age (49%), with an earned doctorate (90%) and reached the presidency via Academic Affairs (47%). The presidents of Masters I institutions are not representative of the general population and in most cases; are not representative of their student populations. This may become a problem as both the general and student population continues to transform and the necessity of working collaboratively with people of different backgrounds, skills and values becomes more pronounced.
Monahan, Michael L. and Shah, Amit J.
"Do As I Say - Not As I Do: American Colleges Preach to Corporate America About Diversity,"
The Coastal Business Journal: Vol. 5:
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